Michigan offered one of the Bayou State’s top tight ends earlier this week in Brother Martin junior Peyton Aucoin. A couple days later tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh saw enough from Brother Martin’s other top tight end prospect, Irvin Smith Jr., to extend him an offer as well.
“I talked to the tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh a few days ago and they offered my other tight end teammate in Peyton (Aucoin), so he just told me that they were very interested in me,” Smith told Michigan Insider. “He came to my spring game (Tuesday) and I guess that is all he needed to see because they offered me. I was real excited. Michigan is a big time school with big tradition and it is a football school, so it is awesome.”
While the Bayou State standout’s familiarity with Michigan is not very deep, his dad, Irvin Smith Sr. definitely has a deep memory of the Wolverines from his playing days at Notre Dame from 1988-1992. So, will that rivalry factor into his son’s decision at all?
“He is not pushing me towards any school,” Smith said. “He wants the best for me. I’m not familiar with Michigan because it is pretty far away, but I know of their great tradition and how it is an awesome football school.”
“I’m very interested in Michigan. I am going to try and make it up there this summer and visit with the coaches. I just want to see how the school is and everything like that.”
One of Michigan’s most appealing attributes in Smith’s eyes is the wealth of professional experience on the coaching staff.
“Definitely I like that they were in the NFL because that’s proven they are great coaches and they can coach at the next level and win,” he said. “I know Michigan is definitely getting better as a team and as a program.”
Deeping the tight end ranks is a big part of that plan. That’s why the Wolverines have made it clear that there is room for both Smith and Aucoin to join the fold. So would Smith be interested in being teammates again at the next level?
“I definitely would,” he said. “It is not like we are going to a school just because we want to go together. We both want the best fit for each other, but if it comes down to that then that would be awesome. We are like best friends, so it’s not like I wouldn’t like that. It would be great.”
“We complement each other well with him being more of a blocker. I mean I can block, but that is something I need to work on in my game. With me, I am more of an athletic flex type of tight end. I get out and make plays on the ball. I can play on the lines and really anywhere on the field.”
More and more schools are starting to recognize that skill set. With the interest in him on the rise Smith has no plans of ending his recruitment anytime soon.
“A lot has happened real fast,” he said. “I didn’t have any offers till this basketball season, so everything is happening real fast. I don’t have a top list yet because I am still sorting through the schools and want to visit schools, which I will in the summer and really narrow it down.”